Lynx MS News

AIS West - October 2020

Dear students and parents,


We hope this newsletter finds you well. We are almost done with our first full week with Cohort B and things are falling into place with our new normal. Huge thanks to our students, parents and teachers for their patience, flexibility and confidence in us during this time.


Please carefully read the Important Dates listed below. You will notice that both campuses have added an Independent Online Learning Day to each month. The first day is on October 11. This will give students an opportunity to catch up on their studies from home. They will also be able to join Zoom office hours throughout the day to get individual support from teachers.


Due to several holidays and the online learning day, many weeks this semester will include only 4 days of in person instruction. Because of this shift we will now allow up to 3 summative assessments on a given day. We will give at least one week notice for all summative assessments.


As always, we are here for you at any time. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.


Your partners in education,

Mark Tennant

Secondary School Principal

mtennant@aiswest.com


Chelsea Armstrong

Middle School Vice Principal

carmstrong@aiswest.com


Reham Sherif

Middle School Administrative Assistant

rsherif@aiswest.com

Important Dates

September 27 - October 1 - Cohort B on Campus

Cohort A at home independent learning


October 1 - Middle School Parent Workshop

How to Support Your Child in Hybrid Learning

10:00am on Zoom


October 4 - October 7 Cohort A on Campus

Cohort B at home independent learning


October 8 - Public Holiday - No School


October 11 - Independent Online Learning Day - No Students on Campus


October 12 - October 15 Cohort B on Campus

Cohort A at home independent learning


October 18 - Professional Development Day - No School for Students


October 19 - October 22 Cohort A on Campus

Cohort B at home independent learning


October 22 - Halloween Costume Day for Cohort A Students


October 25 - October 30 - Fall Break


November 1 - Term 2 Begins - Halloween Costume Day for Cohort B Students

Wearing Masks on Campus - A Message from Dr. Aisha Gamal Eldin

From a medical perspective, I cannot press on how important it is to continually remind our students what proper mask hygiene is while in school.


We ask that you work with your students to remind them of the following:


1. A damp or wet mask is not effective and can pose a health threat as it decreases proper oxygenation.


2. Extra masks should be brought to school each school day.


3. We should never touch the front of our masks, as this portion is contaminated. We should hold our masks by the ties or loops.


4. A mask should be worn while walking in the hallways as well as in our classrooms.


5. Masks should fit well to provide ample protection and the nose and mouth should both be covered at all times.


Thank you for your continued support in helping keep our AIS West community safe.

Counselor's Corner

Angela Fushtey - Middle School Counselor afushtey@aiswest.com

Having students back on campus has been truly amazing. They all look so grown-up these days! Since returning to campus we have been focusing on getting reacquainted with the halls of AIS and getting tuned into hybrid learning. We will also be having a virtual coffee morning on zoom for parents on October 1st at 10am to discuss supporting our kids during hybrid learning. Hope to see you there!

Student of the Month

Ismail Azmy, Grade 8, is our Student of the Month. He was chosen by his teachers because he embodies the IB Learner Profile Trait: Caring.


One teacher wrote: Ismail shows many sides of the caring attribute. He cares about his learning path and he demonstrated this during online learning. He was on time, attentive, and participated during in class zoom discussions. When in person learning began he was just as attentive and caring about his schoolwork. However, I saw another side of Ismail's caring attitude. When a new student had trouble setting up his WiFi Ismail graciously took him to IT and helped him navigate his way. He was very gracious and missed out on nutrition to help another student; and seemed quite happy to have helped.

Teacher of the Month

Ms. Hannah Wilson, Art Teacher, is our Teacher of the Month. Ms. Hannah was chosen by her colleagues because she embodies the IB Learner Profile Trait: Caring. Caring teachers show empathy, compassion, and respect toward the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and they act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.


One teacher wrote: Hannah is the most caring teacher at AIS West. She always goes above and beyond to make sure the students, teachers, and local staff are cared for properly at the school. Hannah is quick to assist new teachers in adjusting to the culture in Egypt. She is also the first to give back to our local staff in times of need. Hannah truly embodies the Caring IB Learner Profile Attribute.

What's Happening in Grade 6?

English 6 - Michaela Lucey - mlucey@aiswest.com - Gail Heard - gheard@aiswest.com

We have been working to identify various genres of literary texts and learning how to use evidence to back up our claims and compare and contrast different types of genres.

Geography 6 - John Lawrence - jlawrence@aiswest.com - Abdelkader Chabi - achabi@aiswest.com

Geography 6 has now submitted their Map Titles and Symbols project. Students participated in reading a map legend. We are now studying Economic Systems. Our essential question is "What or who decides what you get?"

Math 6 - Vince Yung - vyung@aiswest.com - Michael Heard - mheard@aiswest.com

We have been solving one and two step word problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using number lines and will work on rounding and estimation this week.

Science 6 - Amanda Bailey - abailey@aiswest.com - Andrea Clark - aclark@aiswest.com

Students have been applying their knowledge of matter, energy, and the water cycle to solve real-world problems. We will soon work on creating hydromel in class. If you have any heavy Styrofoam, plastic containers and spoons, 2-liter bottles, or other crafting materials that you would like to donate, please have your student bring them to their science room by October 4th!

Arabic 6 - Ahmed Khattab - akhattab@aiswest.com - Ali Mansour - amansour@aiswest.com

اللغة العربية: درس "ذكاء صبي " قراءة. / درس "كن قويًا " نصوص. / درس "كان و أخواتها " نحو. / الفصل الثاني "عزة نفس وطموح مبكر" - قصة علي مبارك. التربية الدينية الإسلامية:درس "طلب العلم فريضة". / درس "حمزة سيد الشهداء". / الفصل الأول "نشأة كريمة" – قصة السيدة خديجة.

AFL 6 - Mohamed Hassan - mhassan@aiswest.com

قراءة ( القاهرة) قواعد ( ضمير المتكلم واسماء الاشارة ) املاء ( ال القمرية والشمسية ) تحدث واستماع ( قصة ايزابيلا)

Arabic SS 6 - Asmaa Mahmoud- amahmoud@aiswest.com

التلميذ تعلم عن مصر تحت الحكم العثماني: من هم المماليكـ من هم العثمانيين ـ سبب إزدهار ثم انهيار دولة المماليكـ الصراع بين الدولتين المملوكية والعثمانية ـ معركة مرج دابق أسبابها ونتائجها ـ معركة الريدانية أسبابها ونتائجها ـ أسباب هزيمة المماليك أمام العثمانيين

French 6 - Edwina Nordquist - enordquist@aiswest.com

Students will learn French numbers, days of the week and months so they will be able to talk about their age, birthdays and telling time. In our culture section, we will start to learn about details of Francophone countries in the world.

Spanish 6 - Dolores Rodriguez - drodriguez@aiswest.com

Students will learn days of the week and numbers in Spanish, and will have our second cultural project: The Day of the Races celebrated October 12

Drama 6 - Ilonka Meier - imeier@aiswest.com

Student will learn who works in the theatre, why everyone is important and that putting a show together is team work. Students will design and exhibit a mini stage for the "The Greedy Hippo "and reflect on their work.

Dance 6 - Lina Rodriguez - lrodriguez@aiswest.com

Students are learning the elements of dance and how to express feelings through the music. We are creating nice choreography!

Technology 6 - Alejandro Corredor - acorredor@aiswest.com

We finished the first unit with excellent results and deep understanding on what a robot is and how it can be coded. Now, in the second unit, we will move forward on understanding the more mechanical aspects of robot building and how gears, cogs, cams, and motors work together to make the robots physically move according to our code.

Physical Education 6 - Marty Perry, Katrina Wards, and Ron Thomson mperry@aiswest.com kwards@aiswest.com, and rthomson@aiswest.com

Students have begun their first unit in PE. Students are applying their knowledge of health related/total fitness to the importance of warming up before physical activity. Also, students are working on individual frisbee and basketball skills.

Art 6 - Hannah Wilson - hwilson@aiswest.com

Students are learning about color theory and how to mix colors and paint in a controlled manner.

Band 6 - Patricia Granter - pgranter@aiswest.com

All students have begun to learn the basics of instrument care, how to play on the mouthpiece and our first three notes.

What's Happening in Grade 7?

English 7 - Gail heard and Amira Nabhan - gheard@aiswest.com, anabhan@aiswest.com

Students will create a PSA on plagiarism. They will read letters, and practice the lost art of letter writing by sending an email 'letter' to 7th grade students in America.

Math 7 - Michael Heard and Amira Elsherif mheard@aiswest.com, aelsherif@aiswest.com

Students will continue to refine a "Growth Mindset" as math learners. Students will apply mathematical operations to directed numbers. Finally, students will learn about the inverse operation of squaring a number - square root.

Science 7 - Andrea Clark & Yara Elshorafa aclark@aiswest.com, yelshorafa@aiswest.com

Students will be finishing up their unit on Matter, Energy, and the Water Cycle. They will be putting their engineering brains to the test by constructing and utilizing a hydromel. If you have any heavy Styrofoam, plastic containers and spoons, 2-liter bottles, or other crafting materials that you would like to donate, please have your student bring them to their science room by October 4th!

History 7 - Abdelkader Chabi and Daniel McCarville - achabi@aiswest.com, dmccarville@aiswest.com

This month students will examine the shift we had as a society going from hunters and gatherers to farmers. We will explore the rise of the first civilizations around the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent.

Arabic 7

- قراءة: صيانة المال العام - نصوص: عشقناك يا مصر - قصة: بطولة مبكرة - نحو: همزة القطع وألف الوصل. تربية إسلامية: سورة يس (١. إلى ٥).

Drama 7 - Ilonka Meier - imeier@aiswest.com

Students will learn who works in the theatre and why everyone is important and that putting a show together is team work. Students will also design a costume and a mini stage for "The Rainbow Fish." Students will exhibit their work and reflect on it.

French 7 -Edwina Nordquist- enordquist@aiswest.com

Students will continue their review of French intro. They will review French numbers and will start to learn French adjectives to express needs and feelings. In our culture section, students will start to learn about and research French speaking countries in the world.

Spanish 7 - Dolores Rodriguez - drodriguez@aiswest.com

Students will learn the days of the week, weather and phrases commonly used in class.

AFL 7 - Mohamed Hassan - mhassan@aiswest.com

قراءة ( بائعة الكبريت) قواعد ( ضمير المخاطب و الجملة الاسمية والفعلية ) املاء ( التاء المربوطة والمفتوحة ) تحدث واستماع ( قصة علي بابا والاربعين حرامي)

Technology 7 - Alejandro Corredor - acorredor@aiswest.com

We will successfully finish unit one soon, and with it students will consolidate their understanding of the aspects that converge in the design of a video game as an aesthetic experience. In the next unit we are going to move forward on programming, make exercises on two different video game engines, and understand how video games are programmed.

Art 7 - Hannah Wilson - hwilson@aiswest.com

Students are learning about an Artist model this month. They will learn appropriate art terminology and use this to describe artworks. They will apply this knowledge to creating a plan for their own artwork, demonstrating an understanding of the techniques and processes studied in class.

Band - Patricia Granter - pgranter@aiswest.com

Beginning Band 7/8 : All students have begun to learn the basics of instrument care, how to play on the mouthpiece and our first three notes.

Intermediate Band 7/8 : Students are working on improving breathing, embouchure and ranges. Students are learning the "Game of Thrones" soundtrack.

Dance 7 - Lina Rodriguez - lrodriguez@aiswest.com

Students have learned the elements of dance and how to express feelings through music by listening to the beat of a song,. Students are practicing new choreography.

Arabic Social Studies 7 - Mohamed Ahmed - mahmed@aiswest.com

التلميذ تعلم عن وحدة الشعب المصرى( معنى الحضارة وعوامل قيامها ـ عصور ماقبل التاريخ ـ اختراع الكتابة وبداية العصور التاريخية ـ تطور القرية والمدينة والإقليم ـ وحدة الأقاليم المصرية ـ مملكتي الشمال والجنوبـ توحيد القطرين على يد الملك مينا.

Physical Education 7 - Anders Nordquist - anordquist@aiswest.com

Students have begun their first unit in PE. Students are applying their knowledge of health related/total fitness to the importance of warming up before physical activity. Also, students are working on individual frisbee, soccer and basketball skill.

What's Happening in Grade 8?

English 8 - Hadear Hassan & Amira Nabhan - hhassan@aiswest.com, anabhan@aiswest.com

This month, students will read a short story. They will apply what they learned about annotations on the short story as well as that they will analyze the characters and theme of the story.

Math 8 - Amira Elsherif & Laila Elfakharany -aelsherif@aiswest.com, lelfakharany@aiswest.com

During this month, students will learn more about algebraic expressions, how to simplify by collecting like terms and how to simplify algebraic products.

History 8 - Daniel MacCarville - dmaccarville@aiswest.com - Hadear Hassan - hhassan@aiswest.com

Students are continuing to learn about the growth of Rome from a Republic to an Empire. In addition, they are deepening their knowledge of the period by doing an in-depth project on Roman Emperors.

Science 8 - Yara Elshorafa & Dina Sonbol - yelshorafa@aiswest.com, dsonbol@aiswest.com

Students will continue learning about matter, its properties, and how it undergoes various changes. Several practical lab assignments will be done in order to get students more familiar with the concepts we cover in class.

Spanish 8 - Dolores Rodriguez - drodriguez@aiswest.com

Students will continue to review how to talk about food, describe feelings towards food. We will study new verbs ending in er and ir, and study the use of verb hacer.

French 8 - Edwina Nordquist - enordquist@aiswest.com

Students will continue their review on introducing themselves and others with detailed description of appearances, characters and personal preferences. In our géoculture section, students will continue to discover Île-de-France by exploring its unique gastronomie, beaux-arts, history, park and themes.

Technology 8 - Alejandro Corredor - acorredor@aiswest.com

Currently students are consolidating their knowledge about algorithms and how to represent complex operations with them. After this, we wil start a new unit in which they will get a more hands-on experience and start coding in processing python mode, program their first exercises and work on how to code programs with simple user interaction.

AFL 8 - Mohamed Hassan - mhassan@aiswest.com

قراءة ( سميرة موسي) قواعد ( الفعل الماضي والمضارع والامر) املاء ( علامات الترقيم الفاصلة ) تحدث واستماع ( قصة العازفون الثلاثة)

Arabic 8 - Salah Moaty & Aly Mansour - smoaty@aiswest.com, amansour@aiswest.com

قراءة : لو أنني ضابط شرطة. نصوص : عهد الطفولة. قصة : الفصل الثاني. نحو: المعرب والمبني

Art 8 - Hannah Wilson - hwilson@aiswest.com

Students are learning about an Artist model this month. Students will learn appropriate art terminology and use this to describe artwork. They will apply this knowledge to creating a plan for their own artwork, demonstrating an understanding of the techniques and processes studied in class.

Dance 8 - Lina Rodriguez - lrodriguez@aiswest.com

Students have learned the elements of dance and how to express feelings through music and by listening to the beat of a song. Students are practicing new choreography.

Drama 8 - Ilonka Meier - imeier@aiswest.com

Students will learn who works in the theatre, why everyone is important and that putting together a show is teamwork. In addition, students will design and exhibit a mini stage design and reflect on it.

Physical Education 8 - Marty Perry, Katrina Wards, and Anders Nordquist mperry@aiswest.com, kwards@aiswest.com, and anordquist@aiswest.com

Students have begun their first unit in PE. Students are applying their knowledge of health related/total fitness to the importance of warming up before physical activity. Also, students are working on individual frisbee and table tennis skill.

Band - Patricia Granter - pgranter@aiswest.com

Beginning Band 7/8 : All students have begun to learn the basics of instrument care, how to play on the mouthpiece and our first three notes.

Intermediate Band 7/8: Students are working on improving breathing, embouchure and ranges. Students are learning the "Game of Thrones" soundtrack.

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